12 Myths About Project-Based Learning by Terry Heick Simple premise: What are the most common myths about project-based learning? Put another way, what do we misunderstand about PBL that keeps it from realizing its full potential? At TeachThought, we’re proponents of project-based learning as one of countless progressive learning models that can grow teachers-and thus …
Download Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World Download the PBL Quick Start Guide for Teachers Authored by Emily Liebtag and Tom Vander Ark In the paper, Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World, we explore how teacher preparation and professional learning can be aligned to-and modeled after-the types of deeper learning environments we also seek to create for students.
In our last post, we dove into a three-step system to get students to do the talking. Getting them to open up and do the majority of talking (and learning) is not as easy as some make it out to be. In fact, for me, it was incredibly difficult.
G is for Grounded in Standards: The ABC’s of PBL … Building Blocks, Elements, & Compounds of Deeper Learning
Welcome to this seventh post in a series that promotes PBL and 21st Century Learning through the examination of Seven Building Blocks. In this post, I want to emphasize why grounding the standards in PBL is so important. Aligning and emphasizing standards is what makes PBL so effective in providing students real understanding to the…
Screenshot/High Tech High The term “project-based learning” gets tossed around a lot in discussions about how to connect students to what they’re learning. Teachers might add projects meant to illustrate what students have learned, but may not realize what they’re doing is actually called “project-oriented learning.”
Authored by Bonnie Lathram, Bob Lenz and Tom Vander Ark Download the Publication Download the Student Quick Start Guide In the paper, Preparing Students for a Project-Based World, released jointly by Getting Smart and Buck Institute for Education (BIE), we explore equity, economic realities, student engagement and instructional and school design in the preparation of all students for college, career and citizenship.
Last year I took a group of students to Cuba to produce documentaries about the island nation’s culture and history. The main objective was learning how to produce documentaries, but one of my students learned a much more powerful lesson through the process.
Project-based learning (PBL) involves letting students develop critical thinking skills. It uses complex questions or problems that take time to solve. Students can use various collaboration methods as well as other abilities. Today, however, many teachers have been giving their students another valuable resource. That resource is social media.
One of the keys of the Project-Based Learning approach is to engage students in solving real-world problems. Ideally, students are involved in exploring relevant and authentic challenges in their community, state, nation, or world. Sometimes teachers and students have to search hard for a need or an opportunity.